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Old 08-23-2018, 01:28 PM   #1
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So i am a new owner 1999 986 Boxster base 21,000 original miles ,artic silver ,black interior, triptronic ,with installed at birth factory Aero kit
The car is on the way to me now ....Very interesting Story behind the car..the founder of Love,s truck stops(all over the southeast) bought the car new for his wife to keep at one of their vacation homes For 10 years she did not use it much She then sold it to a VP,s Wife At Love,s and she put it at her vacation home and the car set in a garage mostly un driven but meticulously maintained by both parties...the car is pristine... I just bought the car as i said 21,000 mi runs and drives as new ..... not a drop of leak anywhere ,it is a time capsule almost ..you could eat off the undercarriage it is so clean . it has never seen a drop of rain and has lived its Whole life in a very dry climate.

So here is the big question?????? When i get my hands on the car what should I do ?? My thoughts are to bring it to a Porsche specialist and have him go thru the whole Car?? IMS???
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With the car sitting so much there's a good chance the RMS and IMS seals have dried out. I would drop the transmission and have an oil feed IMS bearing and a new RMS bearing installed. Would give you good peace of mind.

Another thing I'd do would be to check all hoses for rot as well as the serpentine belt.
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Old 08-23-2018, 10:26 PM   #3
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With the car sitting so much there's a good chance the RMS and IMS seals have dried out. I would drop the transmission and have an oil feed IMS bearing and a new RMS bearing installed. Would give you good peace of mind.

Another thing I'd do would be to check all hoses for rot as well as the serpentine belt.
You'd install a new RMS bearing?

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It's common knowledge that you should never, under any circumstances, touch the RMS bearing.
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thanks ! everyone ,I think I am gong to start by having a qualified tech go thru the car top to bottom , I am new to this game.... the 1999 has the double row bearing with low percentage failure rate . I get the fact that sitting is not a plus for these cars . I live in VA ..anyone hear of these folks??
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It's common knowledge that you should never, under any circumstances, touch the RMS bearing.
Touch it!?
I wouldn't even dare LOOK at it!

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Sorry, jc8, I realize we're not helping right now. Just having some fun. Haha.

So, the RMS is a seal. It's the rear main seal. RMS. No bearing. And it is a good idea to replace it anytime you are there. Which you will be, if you do the IMS bearing, which is, in fact, a bearing. :-)
Both seem to be a good idea, if that car has been sitting for prolonged periods.

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As mentioned a general check on all the ruber and belts. Check the tires also make sure they are not dry.
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A little update; no worries Maytag : I go down to one of the the most respected independent Porsche shops in Virginia. Explain to him what I just bought... one thing I left out of the first post the person i got the car from bought the car 9 month,s ago 3 rd owner at 16000 miles ..this turned out to be important( at least to the german shop owner) ,he has driven it 5000 miles in 9 months flawlessly he only changed the oil about 3000 miles ago. he bought another toy and sold the car to me .
Back to the shop . Older German gentleman looks at the video of the car and pays attention a lot to how it sounds when the car is running ..Looks slowly up at me and say,s nice Im happy So I ask what should I do? he say bring it to me in 3 weeks (he is booked) we change drive belt , all fluids ,full tune up check and replace any hoses necessary , check coils (he felt garage kept these would be fine) moisture he says is there enemy. look over coolant reservoir, change thermostat. go drive I said to him IMS he smiled and said I have changed more than 75 ..I have never had a car come in here with one failed.He also said they DO FAIL. But his opinion it is a little over hyped and a bunch of folks selling $2500 kits and $800 berings.. Again he said it does happen ,but there are 25 boxsters or more on ebay with 125000 miles ++ for everyone with a failed IMS .its a risk reward is what he said.... He asked what i paid for the car ,I told him ..he said you are going to pay me $2500 +++ to replace it ? your car has the double row bearing ..VERY STRONG in a German accent GO DRIVE .... CANT WAIT TO GET THE CAR ON MONDAY!!
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I meant RMS seal, not bearing. My bad.
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Sorry, jc8, I realize we're not helping right now. Just having some fun. Haha.

So, the RMS is a seal. It's the rear main seal. RMS. No bearing. And it is a good idea to replace it anytime you are there. Which you will be, if you do the IMS bearing, which is, in fact, a bearing. :-)
Both seem to be a good idea, if that car has been sitting for prolonged periods.

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